Eco-drought Actionable Science Working Group

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The USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) is currently engaged in an Ecological Drought initiative, focused on understanding the impacts of drought on natural ecosystems across the country. This project was designed to support the Ecological Drought initiative by creating a USGS EcoDrought Actionable Science Working Group. The goal of this working group was to identi...

The USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) is currently engaged in an Ecological Drought initiative, focused on understanding the impacts of drought on natural ecosystems across the country. This project was designed to support the Ecological Drought initiative by creating a USGS EcoDrought Actionable Science Working Group. The goal of this working group was to identify science needs for drought-related decisions and to provide natural resource managers with practical strategies for adapting to and planning for drought.

 

The working group engaged social scientists to garner advice on relevant social science research questions and data needs, as well as to identify any regulatory, institutional, or cultural barriers that may impede adaptation efforts by managers. This approach was taken to help ensure that the science being produced on ecological drought is actionable – that is, it addressed critical stakeholder questions, took into account the complex social dynamics of drought adaptation, and was created to be easily used by decision-makers.

 

The ultimate goal of the working group was to use integrated social-ecological analysis to forecast the potential implications of drought, to provide better access to climate and drought-related data, and to develop tools that enable managers to visualize the potential impacts of management decisions before they are implemented.